Nip/Tuck (2003–2010)
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Erica Noughton 

Julia's mother wants a facelift and insists that Sean operates on her, which worsens his worry about his hand spasms.


Ryan Murphy


Ryan Murphy (created by), Ryan Murphy

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Episode cast overview:
Dylan Walsh ... Dr. Sean McNamara
Julian McMahon ... Dr. Christian Troy
John Hensley ... Matt McNamara
Roma Maffia ... Dr. Liz Cruz
Joely Richardson ... Julia McNamara
Vanessa Redgrave ... Dr. Erica Noughton
Chris Diamantopoulos ... Chad Myers
Romy Rosemont ... Libby Zucker
Kelsey Batelaan ... Annie McNamara (as Kelsey Lynn Batelaan)
Portia Dawson ... Kelly Appleton
Rachael L. Hollingsworth Rachael L. Hollingsworth ... Nicole Watts (as Rachael L. Hollingsworth)
Austin Tichenor ... Marty Fine
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Gina Russo
Linda Klein Linda Klein ... Nurse Linda
Ryan McTavish Ryan McTavish ... Young Guy


Julia McNamara gets a surprise visit from her glamorous mother, successful child psychology author Dr. Erica Noughton, who has various reasons to want plastic surgery and insists that Sean should operate her; that even worsens his worries about an unsteady hand, and the specialist tells him it's a fashionable psychosomatic condition without a medical cure. Christian wrestles with his instincts- while resenting Gina Russo emotionally blackmailing him with her baby, he is determined to become a good father, but swears to keep his mundane (sex-)life, so he looks for a nanny and hires Linda, the candidate with the sexiest 'fringe-benefits', but finds she's neglecting the child... Meanwhile the doctors operate on Libby Zucker, whose face is so horrible she'll need at least five major, risky operations and is most uncertain in her 'steady' relationship with attractive Chad Myers who she knows to have affairs. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

22 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Romy Rosemont, who plays Libby Zucker in this episode, also plays Carole Hudson-Hummel in Glee. Both Glee and Nip/Tuck were created by Ryan Murphy. See more »


During the consultation with "Libby Zucker" the gun she was shot with is referred to as a ".45". In the later flashback scene she is holding a .380 ACP and is shot with a .38 Special revolver. See more »


A Perfect Lie
(Opening Theme)
Written by Jeffrey Cain Thompson, Cedric Lemoyne and
Gregory Slay
Performed by Jeffrey Cain Thompson, Cedric Lemoyne and
Gregory Slay as The Engine Room
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Great Season Premiere
29 August 2007 | by PoisonKeybladeSee all my reviews

This was a great season premiere that only touched on some of the darker aspects to come. Vanessa Redgrave is simply perfect as Erica, and the episode as a whole was excellent. The plot line with Sean and his problems with operations was very good indeed, and the musical montages continue to be nothing short of brilliant. The subplot between the woman and her gay best friend was also very interesting, and it had a depressing payoff. Overall, this was a great episode with plenty of foreshadowing and perfect performances (as always). However, for some reason this show often brings in subplots and just never touches them again. This episode isn't one of the worst culprits, but I didn't like how there was absolutely no mention of Escobar whatsoever.

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